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    Product release notes

    This is a running list of the releases that Formant has built and deployed. The dates represent when the release was deployed to production and made available to users. 

    Info

    Any changes to the Formant Agent must be deployed to a customer’s device in order to be utilized.

    Feb 18 v 1.19 (Web release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    Fleet & Group Overview

    In this release, we improved our overview page to display the entire fleet of devices either as a map or as a list view. You can also now visualize groups of devices based on attributes - filter and manage from a large fleet to a group of devices. Group attributes are specified using the existing tag mechanism and hence moving devices from one group to another and will automatically update the data on the device with the right tags. There are several attributes by which a fleet might be interesting from a fleet management perspective. A few examples below:

    • Devices grouped based on family of device models
    • Devices grouped based on customers
    • Devices grouped based on deployment location
    • Devices grouped based on deployment environment (e.g. dev, staging, production)

    Visit customize Groups page for more information.

    Teleoperation improvements

    Audio on teleoperation

    In teleoperation, it is extremely important to gain situational awareness of the operational environment of the robot. For example, It is sometimes easier to know that there is an elevator nearby by the hearing sounds of the elevator. It is also helpful to hear things coming from behind or hearing an affirmation sound when debugging a robot remotely. Most of all, it is also fun to hear the social interaction (hear what people are saying to the robot). You can enable audio on teleoperation by following our docs here

    Improvements to connectivity

    We improved our WebRTC signaling APIs to utilize streaming protocols and hence reduced our connectivity time from about 5 seconds to 1-2 second. 

    Support for Firefox

    With the new release, we added support for teleoperation on Firefox, in addition to Safari, Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge browsers.

    Jan 29 v 1.19 (Web release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • Export or import view configuration or device configuration as YAML
    • Request on-demand from an event feed

    • Add support for slider UI on numeric data over teleoperation interface

    Jan 21 v 1.17 (Web & Agent release)

    • Download data (in addition to exporting to Google Sheets) from the module or from the device view

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    Support for audio over teleoperation

    • Stream real-time audio while teleoperating to gain more situational awareness

    Older releases

    Oct 3 v 1.5 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • General bug fixes for web application
    • Support for alerts on the new battery type
    • Display device name on Slack alerts
    • Several new hotkeys available for common tasks
      • Shift-J for Jump-To device or channels
      • Shift-A for adding annotation
      • Shift-D for configuring device
      • Shift C for adding a comment
      • Shift R for retrieving on-demand data
      • Shift I for issuing command
      • Shift-X for creating a capture session
      • Shift-S for sharing data
      • Shift-E for exporting data

    • New annotation sidebar window that allows users to annotate while viewing data
      • Control the timeline scrubber while annotating
      • Three options to save
    • Added support to create service accounts using fctl


    Sep 25 v 1.4 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • General bug fixes for web application
    • Support for service accounts
    • Annotations open up in the sidebar, thereby allowing operators to annotate while viewing data

     

    Sep 17 v 1.3 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • General bug fixes for web application
    • Updated Terms of Service

    Sep 10 v 1.2 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • Enable publishing of annotations to Google Sheets directly

    Aug 27 v 1.0 (Web & Agent release)

    Annotate or label robot data (BETA)

    • Annotate or label your robot's data within Formant
    • Export the annotations to a Google Sheet for further downstream analysis
    • Gain insights on your robot's activities or performance through this
    • Read more about annotations here

    Ingest video telemetry

    • Ingest H264 encoded video data into the Cloud

    General improvements & bug fixes

    • General bug fixes for web application

    Aug 20 v 0.86 (Web & Agent release)

    Retrieve data On-demand from robot (BETA)

    • Store robot telemetry data on the device itself so it can be accessed when needed or kept until extraction. 
    • Reduce the costs of mobile data transfer, cloud storage, and processing. 
    • Read more about enabling on-demand data

    Aug 13 v 0.85 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes

    • Select a module to see its data presence on Timeline - Select a module by clicking on its header and see the data availability of that module on the timeline.
    • Select a module to see its menu - Select a module by clicking on its header and see its more menu

    Aug 6 v 0.84 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application 

    • General bug fixes for web application

    July 31 v 0.83 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes

    • New meatball menu - This helps organize and display the set of  tools and utilities (Capture, Share, Comment, Commands etc.) available on a Channel 

    • Several bug fixes and improvements to the agent and web application

    July 23 v 0.82 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application (v0.82)

    • New battery module visualization

    • Create Share links that do not expire. This is useful in scenarios where the link is expected to be used in public articles or blogs or even on a dashboard.
    • Improvements to filter on the events page to include warnings and errors
    • Add agent client to formant pip module

    Teleoperation Updates

    • Major improvements to teleoperation 
    • Visualize battery state on teleoperation status bar
    • Doubleclick to fullscreen for teleop sidebar modules

    July 16 v 0.81 (Web & Agent release)

    General improvements & bug fixes to web application (v0.81)

    • Set UTC time from the Timeline. The default timezone used in Formant is the local time of the computer. While debugging a robot, it is sometimes helpful to be in the same timezone as the robot. Set the timezone to UTC from the timeline. Note that this will impact timezone across your user profile within Formant. 


    • Adds tags when commenting. 
    • Fix visualization of fast-changing bitset values
    • Searching for command names in event history does not return command events 
    • Make it possible to link directly to fullscreen modules 
    • List events from using fctl list events 
    • Temporary moving & resizing should only be initiated from the stream name target


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